TOEIC - English version

Information about TOEIC Examination



Educational Testing Service (ETS) developed the TOEIC test to measure achievements in using English in a business setting. The Test of English for International Communication(TOEIC) measures the ability of non-native English-speaking examinees to use English in everyday workplace activities.

TOEIC test questions are based on real-life work settings in an international environment (meetings, travel, telephone conversations, etc) as well as in the following contexts:

1)      Company finance – management, customers, accountancy, invoicing,

2)      Company development – projects, research, investments,

3)      Human capital – applying for a job, hiring new staff, promotions, trainings, positions description, employment reduction,

4)      Business trips – communication at the airports or railway stations, timetables, trip planning,

5)      Meetings – parties, balls, banquets,

6)      Sport and culture – cinema, theater, concerts, exhibitions, sport disciplines, competitions, matches, games,

7)      Health – appointments at the doctor’s, in a drug store, in a clinic, at hospital etc.


TOEIC Listening & Reading Test

The TOEIC Listening & Reading Test is a two-hour multiple-choice test consisting of 200 questions divided into listening comprehension and reading comprehension. Each candidate receives independent scores for written and listening comprehension on a scale from 5 to 495 points each. The total score adds up to a scale from 10 to 990 points. The TOEIC certificate exists in five colors, corresponding to achieved results:



(10–215 points)


(220–465 points)


(470–725 points)


(730–855 points)


(860–990 points)


What is the TOEIC test like?
There are two separate parts to the TOEIC test:

1)      The Listening and Reading test is a paper and pencil test that takes 2.5 hours.

a)      Listening part covers points from 5 – 495. It takes 45 minutes and offers 100 questions that are divided into 4 sections. There are only 7 seconds between questions. In this part you will be asked to demonstrate how well you understand spoken English

  • Section 1 consists of 10 pictures. You will hear 4 statements about a picture and you must select one statement (A, B, C or D) that best describes what you see in the picture. You will hear the recording only once. There are questions from 1 to 10.
  • Section 2 consists of 30 questions. You will hear a question or a statement and 3 responses. You have to select the best response (A, B or C) to the question or statement. You will hear the recording only once. There are questions from 11 to 40.
  • Section 3 consists of 30 questions. You will hear conversations between 2 people. Next you will be asked to answer 3 questions about what the speakers say in each conversation. You have to select the best response to each question and mark A, B, C or D. You will hear the recording only once. There are questions from 41 to 70.
  • Section 4 consists of 30 questions. You will hear talks given by a single speaker. You will be asked to answer 3 questions about what the speaker says in each talk. Your task is to select the best response to each question and mark A, B, C or D. You will hear the recording only once. There are questions from 71 to 100.

The crucial element of the listening part is that there are diversified English accents. The speakers come from America, Britain, Canada and Australia.

b)      Reading - covers points from 5 – 495. It takes 75 minutes and offers 100 questions that are divided into 3 sections. An examinee determines his own time and speed for solving examination problems. In the reading test you will read variety of texts and you will be asked to answer different types of questions.

  • Section 5 consists of 40 questions. In this section a word or a phrase is missing. A, B, C or D answers are given. Your task is to select the best answer to complete the sentence (incomplete sentences). There are sentences from 101 to 140.
  • Section 6 consists of 12 questions. There are 3-4 texts or letters and there are 3-4 questions to each text. You are asked to reads the texts where a word or phrase is missing (text completion). Four possibilities: A, B, C or D are given. You have to select the best answer to complete the text. There are questions from 141 to 152.
  • Section 7 consists of 48 questions. In this part you will read a selection of texts for example: articles, letters or advertisements. Each text is followed by several questions. Your task is to select the best answer to each question and mark among A, B, C or D possibilities (reading comprehension). There are questions from 153 to 200.


The test questions present samples of authentic language used at work, simulations of real situations in an office as well as letters, newspaper or magazine articles and advertisements.




What about scores?
The TOEIC Reading and Listening gives a score between 10 and 990:

  • 905 - 990  International Proficiency -
  • 785 – 900 Working Proficiency Plus
  • 605 – 780 Limited Working Proficiency
  • 405 – 600 Elementary Proficiency Plus
  • 255 – 400 Elementary Proficiency
  • 185 – 250 Memorised Proficiency
  •   10 – 180 No Useful Proficiency


TOEIC and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF)

A1 120+

A2 225+

B1 550+

B2 785+

C1 945+

A certificate with the number of points at least 700 is accepted by the Civil Service in a qualification procedure.


Sample TOEIC test you can find on:



Useful tips and strategies - how to pass



Overall test strategies


  1. Plan your time – Don’t speed too much. Work carefully and if you do not know the answer, come back to it later
  2. Don’t leave any question unanswered – make your best guess. If you are not sure of the correct answer, eliminate any answers you think are wrong, and then choose the answer that looks best from the remaining choices. Wrong answers are not penalized. Even a blind guess gives you a 25 – 33% chance of getting the right answer.




Listening strategies


  1. Answer the questions as quickly as you can.
  2. Listen for key words – If you do not know all the words, ignore them.
  3. Try to predict answers.
  4. Listen carefully for verbs – keep your pencil over sentences that are possibly correct
  5. Be careful of similar sounding words. – ship vs. sheep
  6. Listen for SVO (subject, verb, object) words – most questions follow a SVO pattern so compare the words you hear to what is in the picture.
  7. Listen for prepositions: on, at, behind  etc. especially in situations telling about position of people or objects in the picture.


Reading strategies


  1. Check the time regularly – time management is an important part of doing the reading test. You should spend no more than about 60 – 90 seconds on each Part 7 questions and no more than 30 – 45 seconds on each part 5 and 6 questions.
  2. Read the questions carefully and then focus on what you need to answer.
  3. Answer the easy questions first. You do not have to answer questions in the order they appear in the text so answer the easy questions first, then come back later and answer the remaining questions or make your best guess at them.
  4. Use the 2-pass method – go through the questions twice. On the first pass quickly answer easy questions. On the second pass, go back and spend a bit more time on the more challenging questions.
  5. Choose the correct tense – Some questions provide some options of grammatical tenses. Look at the sentence then decide what tense is required. Example: Are you going tonight? → I have made other plans. Try to find time markers like: how long, since, yesterday. They will help use the appropriate grammatical tense.
  6. Look at the questions first – you have to know exactly what you need to find.
  7. Try to guess the meaning of unknown words.
  8. Be careful of the small print – charts, tables may include notes or extra information at the bottom. Check this before choosing an answer.
  9. Watch for connected information between texts (Part 7). Look at both texts and connect the information.


Test tips


  1. The TOEIC test often uses different words in the answer choices – try to find equivalent words if possible.
  2. The TOEIC test sometimes uses the same word for different meanings -  to present – prezentować or a present - prezent
  3. Decide what part of speech is needed (noun, verb, adjective etc.)
  4. Do not waste time on questions you do not know


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